What do soft drinks, cigarettes and gasoline have in common? Benzene.
That's right. Cancer causing Benzene.
Soft drinks: Two the nation's largest soft drink manufacturers have just agreed to reformulate their soft drinks to exclude the known carcinogen Benzene, which forms when Ascorbic Acid and Sodium Benzoate (a preservative) combine in one product:
Safeway settles benzene soft drink suit
The supermarket market chain, Safeway Inc., has agreed to reformulate soft drinks made with ingredients that can potentially form benzene, according to a recent settlement. The company is one of several soft drink manufacturers that have recently been sued in class action lawsuits over benzene, a known carcinogen. Coca-Cola, a former defendant, agreed to settle last month.
Exposure to significant levels of benzene can lead to increased rates of bone marrow diseases, including leukemia.
The bad news? Not all companies are reformulating...